Interview: Aude Gourichon
Luca Curci talks with Aude Gourichon during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES and FUTURE LANDSCAPES, second and third appointments of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space.
O’d. is my artist name. Graduated from the School of Fine Arts in Quimper and a Multimedia Master 2 at the University of Rennes, I am an exhibiting artist and I am a member of the Atelier des Cascades et aux Lilas for Typography and Printmaking held by Raùl Velasco and Kristin Meller and the AAB Association in Paris for 6 years. I also practice painting and video.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most? Where do you find your inspiration?
Aude Gourichon – Tirelessly, O’d. tracks the movement of the body: the drawings are quickly executed, and the pencil twirls even faster than the body or the material represented, until abstraction as a pure rendering of the sensation experienced by the artist, of which only the hand is mobile. Trained at the Beaux Arts in Quimper (France), the work of O’d. is not unlike that of Marcel Duchamp who said about his “Nude descending the staircase” (1912): “This final version of the Nude descending a staircase, painted in January 1912, was the convergence in my mind of various interests, including cinema, still in childhood, and the separation of static positions in the chronophotographs of Marey in France, Eakins and Muybridge in America…”. These drawings taken from life, further extend their movement through engravings, lithographs and videos in an offbeat and fanciful universe.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this exhibition? How is it connected to the theme of the entire festival?
AG – My prints presented are a series on water and the human body, which I called Soul, with a sprayed water and drypoint technique engraved on copper and then printed in four passages with two engraved copper plates. We see the etching of the water. I am researching the matter of water and the movement of the human body. My job for these prints is to reproduce a scientific medical image from a scan of a human brain. These scans show neural movements. From the infinitely large to the infinitely small, we see that we are a whole, water and neurons are alike in form. It is in the idea of experimenting with new spaces through water and the human body that I find the theme of the Borders festival which questions the boundaries between nature and the human body to better understand our environment and free ourselves from it.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event? Would you suggest a collaboration with us? And what about our services?
AG – I’m very happy to be hanging in Venice with ITSLIQUID GROUP, it’s a dream come true! The last time I came in Venice I was a student at the School of Fine Arts and today I’m an exhibitor in St Marco square. I thank ITSLIQUID GROUP for its warm and generous welcome. Itsliquid Groupe, by exhibiting myself in their gallery “The room” in St Marco Square, gives me the opportunity to be seen in the world of international contemporary art and to consolidate myself in my work, and this encourages me and motivates me. I hope to be able to suggest other works and come back. What a pride and what a joy for an artist to be in Venice!